By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
On the West Coast, the San Diego Comic Convention offers trailers of the must-see movies and television series of the 2018 and 2019 season. Add a few more months into the mix, the New York Comic Convention is the East Coast show to pay attention to. The new Hellboy movie trailer dropped at this event, and the studio has yet to release on YouTube. Reports reveal the fact this work is more of a horror flick than the light-hearted del Toro version. Even the tease to X-Men: Dark Phoenix was shown, and based on what I have read, the set up pays homage to her comic book origins before spinning in a different direction.
In those trailers that are currently online, I am most particularly excited for the following:
If this extended Aquaman trailer indicates anything, this film will put the DC Cinematic Universe back on track. It has the feel of 300 meets Lord of the Rings. When dealing with Atlantis, the joke is not with how star Jason Momoa got his start (he became popular in Stargate’s imagining of this sunken city), but rather in how he can become the next king. The digital set pieces look very impressive, and on a proper IMAX screen, this movie will no doubt deliver.
The Boys (Amazon Prime, TBA) bright-eyed and cheery look at heroism may well be a cover for something else if the last few seconds indicate anything. Karl Urban leads this team, and they are out there to monitor the activities of other superheroes since their fame has gone to their heads. This series is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Eric Kripke (Supernatural), Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen helped develop this series and if this team-up indicates anything, this work may well be a black comedy.
Harley Quinn (DC Universe Steaming, TBA) has her own series! No, really! Although the direct to video team-up with Batman was a hit and miss affair by going potty with the humour, this work has a different edge. It purposely breaks the fourth wall to introduce her to the masses and sets up a different style of relationship between her, her boyfriend (The Joker) and Bats.
Although the voice-over talent behind this work does not bring back the original team from Batman the Animated Series, does it matter? Tara Strong is very busy and while I miss her, I feel Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco is doing a terrific job.
Diedrich Bader is the new voice for Batman, and he looks like he will be sidelined to comedic relief. If so, I am hooked! The animation style is a close match to the 90s series and to allow for an adult-themed work, this series will first become available on DC Universe streaming service.
In this trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, Oct 26, 2018) shows the teenager is not willing to embrace becoming a hundred percent witch. For those that do, they look like Wednesday Addams. This series is a far departure from the comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart. This update featuring Kiernan Shipka in the title role has all the hallmarks of being very remarkable. When Michelle Gomez (better known as The Master in the recent Doctor Who series) is in the role of Madam Satan, I believe she’s had plenty of practice to prepare for the role. I am also interested in seeing how Ross Lynch will play Harvey Dinkle. He is better known for playing the adorable and musically talented dork in Austin & Ally, but for this Netflix series, does he have the chops to up the drama?
While my hardcore friends of this franchise have given up hope for Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, January 17, 2019), I am still holding out. The appearance of the Red Angel will prove to be the raison d’être to keep watching. The mystery and reveal (if it ties into the original series at all) will set the tone for the future. With the mention of Spock, could there be a collision of different timelines instead of introducing him into this prequel timeline?
This trailer finally lives up to the lines from the series—To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life, to boldly go where no man has gone before.